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A moving, funny new novel by one of Australia's best-loved authors.

Adjusting to a new country and a new school was never going to be easy for Herschelle. The food is strange, it's so different to South Africa and, worst of all, no one understands the Aussie slang he's learnt on the web.

But it's the similarities that make things really hard. Herschelle will have to confront racism, bullying and his own past before Australia can feel like home...

A moving, funny new novel by one of Australia's best-loved authors.

Formats & editions

  • Paperback


    March 25, 2015


    176 pages

    RRP $14.99

    Online retailers

    • Abbey's Bookshop
    • Angus & Robertson Bookworld
    • Booktopia
    • Boomerang Books
    • Collins Booksellers
    • Dymocks
    • Books Kinokuniya
    • The Nile
    • QBD
    • Readings
    • Robinsons Bookshop

    Find your local bookstore at booksellers.org.au

  • EBook


    March 25, 2015

    Penguin eBooks

    192 pages

    Online retailers

    • iBooks
    • Amazon Kindle
    • Booktopia
    • eBooks
    • Google Play
    • Kobo

    Find your local bookstore at booksellers.org.au

Awards and Recognition

  • Queensland Literary Awards
    Children's Book
  • Australian Family Therapists' Award for Children's Literature
    Highly commended
    Younger Readers
  • Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards
    8–10 Years

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